When the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center opens Thursday, we will have a grand entrance to the river, the centerpiece of ecotourism on the Coast.
It will be a big boost for East Jackson County tourism that should spill over to other parts of the Coast.
The $1.3 million center, within walking distance of downtown Moss Point, has one of the nation's last large free-flowing river systems as its main attraction.
It's a watershed that is home to 300 species of birds and other animals that will attract nature lovers for miles. The conservative estimate is that up to 10,000 people will visit the center in its first year. That will be good news for the riverfront downtown area of Moss Point.
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This is a wonderful addition to Coast tourism that will bring even more attention to one of its lesser known gems, the Pascagoula River.
And it's a reminder that the river and its tributaries are a singular place that shouldn't be harmed in the name of development. We, and ecotourists, like it just as it is.
Any changes should only come after extensive studies and careful consideration.
But Thursday will be a day to celebrate, the beginning of a weekend of activities. We hope to see many of you there at 5107 Arthur Street in downtown Moss Point.
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